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Younger sailors, same big sailboats

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

For the first time in the history of America's Cup sailing, young sailors will compete for one prestigious trophy. Ten sailing teams from eight countries race on San Francisco Bay in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup starting Sunday, September 1.

The teams of six sailors, ages 19 to 24, race in the same wing-sailed AC 45s used in the America's Cup by the professionals.

These young sailors race to win and they hope this experience leads to future jobs.

One member of Team USA, John Wallace, got his start at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center.

"It's really a big opportunity for me," he said. "I mean, the America's Cup is the most prestigious trophy in the sport of sailing."

John's thrilled to be a part of this event. He and his teammates get a big kick out of the sheer speed of these catamarans.

"These are the fastest boats pretty much in the world and definitely a lot to handle," he offered.

John's St. Mary's College sailing teammate, Jake Ladow, put this elite group of sailors together.

"We're all a bunch of really qualified sailors, and to come together as a group when a lot of us have been competing against each other, being able to use all of our different talents and put them all on the same boat has been pretty fun to watch."

Team USA45 hopes they will be the top team to watch in the first ever Youth America's Cup.

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